2nd ODI: Australia v New Zealand at Melbourne, Feb 6 2009, Match Highlights

February 6th, 2009 Posted in Australia, CommonWealth Bank, Match Highlights, New Zealand

Watch cricket highlights of the 2nd ODI – Australia vs New Zealand – played at the MCG, Melbourne on February 6, 2009.

Scoreline: Australia 225. Michael Clarke 98 (133), Mike Hussey 75 (94). NZ make it home in 48.5 overs. Grant Elliott 61, Ross Taylor 47, Neil Broom 26

With NZ leading the series 1-0 after their last ball win in the 1st ODI, Aus couldn’t afford to go 0-2 down in the 5 match series. And it showed in their conservative batting approach – when was the last time you saw an Australian team score 1 four in the last 10 overs? Michael Slater summed it up best as commentator when he said, “Australia will take an ugly win at this point.”

Brad Haddin got the biggest boos in recent cricket when he strode out at the MCG today, while Clarke appeared to take his role as stand-in captain a little too officiously. Interestingly, this was the 3rd 90 by a batsman in two days – the other being Kevin Pietersen’s 97 vs WI and Dhoni’s 94 vs Sri Lanka.

The New Zealand chase was similar to the 1st ODI, with Ross Taylor being central to the middle order. Elliott appeared stuck for quite a while, before striking crucial runs, when it mattered. Neil Broom though streaky at times, clouted it around in a very important 26 off 21. Australia were tardy in the field, with Mike Hussey dropping one and a couple more steep chances that are usually snapped up by the Aussies, allowed to slip by. A sorry day at the office for captain-wannabe Michael Clarke, especially considering his slow 98. No Ponting and Australia appear half the team they are.

Aus Batting

NZ Chase

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